Journalism & Public Relations
Welcome to the CSULB Department of Journalism & Public Relations. We are home to 40 faculty and staff dedicated to excellence in media education. JPR programs are accredited by the ACEJMC and we offer four academic options: a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, a Minor in Journalism and a Minor in Public Relations.
The semester is off to an exciting start with news Dr. Gwen Shaffer won a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant—the first NSF grant in department history! Dr. Shaffer will help build a digital rights platform with the $150,000 grant. Congratulations, Dr. Shaffer! Meanwhile, two JPR alumni return to The Beach to teach. Lauren Williams will teach a “Digital Tools for Public Relations” class, and Elizabeth Borsting, founder of Dine Out Long Beach, will teach “Food, Travel and Lifestyle Storytelling.” And the department’s signature annual event, “JPR Day,” will be in person again after three years online. JPR Day is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12 when we will also announce 2022-2023 award winners and more than $25,000 in scholarships.
The department welcomed in fall almost 100 new first-year and transfer JPR students as well as two new faculty members, Jesus Ayala, an Emmy award-winning producer from ABC News, and Kelly Puente, special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. Professor Ayala was quick to make his mark at The Beach, working with students to rebrand CSULB television news and launch “Beach TV News.” The department also celebrated faculty achievements in fall including Professor Gwen Shaffer’s $100,000 METRANS grant, Professor Teresa Puente’s College Media Association Adviser Award, and Professor Madeleine Liseblad’s Rising Scholar Award from the American Journalism Historians Association.